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Free-Kick Finishes Women’s Soccer Season

0T8A3430-XLThe Blazers stood firm for 80 minutes in Saturday afternoon’s MCAC Women’s Soccer Semifinal, but Jena Wilks’ strike for goal from 20-yards out gave the #2-ranked Red River Rebels a ticket to Sunday’s Women’s Final.

Looking to avenge their 4-0 defeat to the Rebels suffered in Week 6, the Blazers came out with a compact defensive group led by All-Conference Selections, Kyra Neufeld and Breanna Heinrichs. The two central defenders were charged with the task of snuffing out the attacking prowess of the Rebels Leah Single, who finished the season on 7 goals; second only to Providence’s dynamic rookie, Julika Kehler who won the 2013 MCAC Golden Boot honours.

All signs pointed to the two teams needing extra time to find a winner, possibly even penalties, until controversy struck in the 81st minute. The match official blew for a Red River free-kick after an errant pass caromed off Neufeld, ruled to have been handled by the first-year defender. Jena Wilks set the ball and calmly lifted it into the corner of the goal over an outstretched Simone Turner-Cummer, confirming the Rebels’ place in the final, and consequently finishing CMU’s season – one that showed considerable improvement from 2012 despite the disappointment of missing out on the Championship berth.

2013 saw the Blazers put together three wins in conference play, and a win and two draws in four friendly matches, including a thrilling 2-2 draw with powerful Confederation College from Thunder Bay. Attention now turns to MCAC Futsal that officially begins in mid-January; however the team will stay active through November and December with competitive action on the Charity Futsal League run through Calvin Christian School.

 

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